Questions to ask yourself when deciding the best Hawaiian Island to live on.
Big city or rural living in the country?
Ocean view, land and acreage, suburban lifestyle for the family?
Weather: rain, no rain or some rain?
Low crime rates?
Things to do?
Cost of living?
For us, we went with an overall score, based on all 6 of the above mentioned points. Each island has it’s very own special feel.
Kauai – The fourth largest island, Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Considered the garden island, Kauai is beautiful, low crime, high cost of living, lots of ocean views and very wet. So wet, it is actually the rainiest place on earth. If you are looking to live close to a big city, this island is not for you. If you want to be close to lots of greenery and stunning views. This island is for you.
Maui – The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and a tourist hot spot. When it comes to beaches and sunshine with limited rain. Maui has it. Prior to the economic collapse of 2008, Maui was one of the fastest growing states in the nation. The metro areas, are tourist and agriculture driven with a growing economy.
Big Island – The Big Island, is the largest and most diverse island along the chain. With 8 of the worlds 13 microclimates on the island you can feel like you are in the desert in Waikoloa or Denver in Waimea, then jungle in Hilo. With the second and third largest population centers in Hawaii, Kona and Hilo, you may feel like you can relate to the mainland. Hilo side is where many of the “locals” reside while the Kona side is where the tourism industry thrives.
Oahu – The third largest island on the chain and home to Honolulu, the largest city in Hawaii, you can get all the amenities of the mainland, such as suburbia, traffic jams and corporate America along with beautiful beaches, hikes, and tons of stuff to do. Finding a job in Oahu is easier than the other islands however the affordable housing is limited.
Lanai – If you have the money, and like small towns, with lots of other rich people, this tiny island oasis owned, by Oracle tycoon, Larry Ellison, is for you. This island is not for the average Jane and Joe. It takes money to be apart of this island country club. Low crime, lots of million dollar homes, and beautiful beaches make it an ideal destination for the wealthy.